Kansas Medical Marijuana Activist Arrested, Son Taken Away After Boy Spoke Up to D.A.R.E. Officer (VIDEO)

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos

Shona Banda is a medical marijuana activist living in Garden City, Kansas. She suffered Crohn’s Disease for years before discovering cannabis oil helped to control her symptoms. She was so impressed with marijuana’s ability to control her symptoms that she became an activist to help others. Her 11-year-old son was at school listening to a talk by a D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) police officer when he chimed with some counter information about medical marijuana and things have gotten out of hand from there:

As Shona’s son listened to the misinformation given by authorities to his class during the drug education presentation, he courageously spoke up and informed them that the information they were relating was incorrect in regards to cannabis. He was pulled from class and sent to the office for questioning by authorities without his mother present.When he failed to return home from school, Banda contacted the school only to be told that her son had been detained by authorities. She went to the station, where she was informed that she was not being detained, but that they were obtaining a search warrant on her home and that she would not be permitted to enter the residence until the search was executed.

Once inside the home, police did find approximately 2 ounces of marijuana and cannabis oil, which apparently was enough for a judge to order her son to be removed from her home. She has a hearing on April 20th (ironic!) about the custody of her son and some are holding a rally at the courthouse to support her.

For what it’s worth, Garden City, Kansas is a mere 70 miles away from Colorado. It is an embarrassment for the state of Kansas to rip apart a family over a plant that has proven medical benefits, is legal just a few towns away and has nationwide majority support for legalization.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos


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